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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Dancing with the Stars regular Mark Ballas, who managed to spend a week on the upper half Billboard album chart (number 98) in March 2009 with BHB, an album by the Ballas Hough Band, jettisons his partner Derek Hough and goes it alone two years later with his solo debut CD HurtLoveBox. On the all-important album cover, Ballas seems to be channeling some combination of George Michael and Justin Timberlake, male pop predecessors whose success he no doubt hopes to emulate. Given that he makes his money as a dancer, the first thing to be said is that he can sing, with an adenoidal tenor that he frequently pushes into falsetto. That said, however, he is not a distinctive ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Dancing with the Stars regular Mark Ballas, who managed to spend a week on the upper half Billboard album chart (number 98) in March 2009 with BHB, an album by the Ballas Hough Band, jettisons his partner Derek Hough and goes it alone two years later with his solo debut CD HurtLoveBox. On the all-important album cover, Ballas seems to be channeling some combination of George Michael and Justin Timberlake, male pop predecessors whose success he no doubt hopes to emulate. Given that he makes his money as a dancer, the first thing to be said is that he can sing, with an adenoidal tenor that he frequently pushes into falsetto. That said, however, he is not a distinctive singer or songwriter, his efforts employing musical and lyrical clichés, as he addresses some female object of his affection (a stand-in for the potential buyer of the album) as "girl" and "baby," and assures her that she's beautiful and that he loves her. This is more Michael than Timberlake territory in that Ballas surprisingly doesn't dip at all into a hip-hop sound, contenting himself to come off like a '90s boy band of one. Maybe it's just as well that he's trying to use Dancing with the Stars as his springboard to stardom, since he wouldn't stand much of a chance on American Idol.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2011
  • Label: Hit Play
  • UPC: 013964385755
  • Catalog Number: 43857

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Way You Werk (3:33)
  2. 2 Every Piece (3:42)
  3. 3 Life Happens (3:48)
  4. 4 Faith (4:16)
  5. 5 Done (4:46)
  6. 6 Burn Me Alive (3:22)
  7. 7 Light On (3:21)
  8. 8 Hotwire (3:52)
  9. 9 Regret It (3:34)
  10. 10 Pretty (3:36)
  11. 11 All For Nothing (4:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Ballas Primary Artist, Guitar
Technical Credits
Rob Chiarelli Producer, Engineer
Derek Nakamoto Producer, String Arrangements, Additional Production
Micah Wilshire Vocal Arrangements, Additional Production
Joachim Svare Composer, Additional Production
Joleen Belle Composer
Loren Gold Composer
Anthony Caruso Engineer
Derek Hough Composer
Mark Ballas Composer
Drew Ryan Scott Composer
Go Getta's Producer, Additional Production
Scott Leger Composer
Michael Becker Producer, Additional Production
Travis Garland Vocal Arrangements
Shane Anderson Programming
Bill McCoy Management
Molly Schoneveld Media Consultant, Public Relations
Lisa Lafon Media Consultant, Public Relations
Kenneth Allman Programming
Jordan Szymanawski Artwork
Jennifer Shoucair Weaver Media Consultant, Public Relations
Zac Locke Legal Advisor
Ty Beal Engineer, Mastering
Steve Curliss Management
Stephen E. Sessa Legal Advisor
Jordan Szmanowski Artwork
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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    No real music depth

    Mark Ballas has a nice voice, but a nice voice doesn't get ya very far. Unless you are on Dancing with the Stars. His music really goes nowhere. It sounds and feels like I've heard it all before. Rather over done sounds with ok vocals. You might as well listen to old cd's of Scott Baio or John Travolta. Actually you may enjoy those more.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    HurtLoveBox is Amazing!

    HurtLoveBox proves Mark Ballas is every bit as talented a musician/singer/songwriter as he is a dancer (two-time Dancing With The Stars pro champion). HurtLoveBox is a collection of songs chronicling the joyful, but often stormy and painful path relationships (romantic and otherwise) take. "Done," "Burn Me Alive," and "Regret It" are all songs dealing with the heartache and anger involved when a relationship is over. Mark's honest take on this subject is matched by the conviction and intensity of the music. Especially his vocals. "Done," in particular, has a way of sneaking up and staying with you! "Hotwire" (CD's first single), "Way You Werk," and "Pretty" all have an upbeat, sexy vibe to them. Fun songs! "Light On," "Faith," and "Every Piece" are songs about hope, resolve, and emotional resilience. "Life Happens" (the only song on the CD that Mark didn't write) is a wonderful song that fits seamlessly into this collection. The CD closes with a very poignant song about the devastation of losing someone you love to suicide called "All For Nothing!" Mark has stated publicly he and his family lost his maternal uncle Dave to suicide some years ago. This song is a beautiful reflection on the loss and grief of those left behind after such a tragedy. HurtLoveBox is a musical (his guitar work is amazing!)and lyrical tour de force for Mark. He should be incredibly proud of this album. And while it's given the fans of his dancing will snap this CD up, it would be wonderful to see music lovers everyone check it out! They won't be disappointed!

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